I read this quote on Tom’s Ascol’s blog, Founders Ministries Blog: Fathers and Sons: Desiring God’s Pastors Conference
Lord, I find the genealogy of my Savior strangely checkered with four remarkable changes in four immediate generations. (1) Rehoboam begat Abijah; that is, a bad father begat a bad son. (2) Abijah begat Asa; that is, a bad father begat a good son. (3) Asa begat Jehoshaphat; that is, a good father a good son. (4) Jehoshaphat begat Joram; that is, a good father a bad son. I see, Lord, from hence that my father’s piety cannot be entailed; that is bad news for me. But I see also that actual impiety is not always hereditary; that is good news for my son.
The quote is from Thomas Fuller’s book, Good Thoughts. Fuller was chaplain to Oliver Cromwell.
It is an interesting twist on the good news, bad news scenario. I pray for mercy for my sons and grandsons (daughters, too) that they be spared further influence of my impieties.